ST-EUSTACHE, QC (September 8, 2018)- Andrew Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge were one were hoping to score their third victory of the 2018 NASCAR Pinty’s Series season at round number 11 on Saturday night at the Autodrome St. Eustache just outside of Montreal, Quebec. After running with the leaders for a good portion of the race Ranger had to settle for an eighth place finish.
During the afternoon practice session on the 4/10-mile track where Ranger is a former winner the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge wasn’t performing as well as hoped.
“It was a little bit tight during the practice” said the driver. “We made a few changes and we’ll see how it goes in the race,” he added.
The #27 Mopar Parts Dodge would roll off from the seventh starting position for the 250-lap feature event. It wasn’t long before Ranger had moved into the top five. The team chose not to stop during the first two scheduled breaks in the action allowing competitors to fuel the cars and take on fresh tires.
“The team made the right move to stay out and keep the track position we had gained” explained Ranger.
In the middle portion of the race Ranger pushed the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge hard and into a potential podium finishing position. During the second scheduled break the team fueled the car, strapped on four fresh tires and made some handling adjustments hoping to give Ranger that little bit extra to push on toward the front of the field.
In the closing laps the already aggressive driving by many went to another level. Ranger fought for hard to the end and would take the checkered flag with an eighth place result.
“We thought things looked pretty good for us in the middle of the race but it didn’t happen that way at the end unfortunately. We’ll now focus on the next race in two weeks and look to improve. Thanks to the team for all their hard work this weekend” said Ranger.
Andrew Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team are headed to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire for the next event. It’s the first time the series will race outside of Canada.
Race fans can get more information and follow the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team news during the off-season by going to www.mopar.caand clicking on Motorsports.
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